The FSA has 60,000 members and is growing. It's ranks include military defectors and civiians. High-level defectors can describe Assad's direct orders. Thousands of soldiers to crimes they witnessed first hand or were ordered to carry out at gunpoint. Most armor and artillery forces woud desert tomorrow if not for vulnerability to air power. The regime has learned not to engage in close-up urban combat because of the certainty of mass defections.
Who defects? Men who despise the crimes they've witnessed or been ordered to commit. Who do they despise? Assad and his inner circle. The shabiha. Commanders loyal to Assad who threaten them at gunpoint or who shoot shot their comrades for having attempted to leave.
People always say that Assad has burned all bridges behind him with such crimes. We fail to consider that's just as true for tens of thousands of defectors familiar with the regime's vindictiveness and the low value of its promises. These men have no choice but to fight until it is over or die. Their second motivator is deep and often personal similar to that the Nazis reaped everywhere in Europe as the end approached. Almost every single defector has lost family members, close friends, neighbors, homes and businesses to the regime's brutality. You don't need Al Queda to make you hate such a regime. Can it top personal hatred. That's the downside of Assad's tactics--making enemies forever.
If we must believe anyone, why believe the regime's denials when you consider the diverse evidence against it? Would alldefectors lie? Would journalist from so many different countries team up in a giant plot to slander the regime epecially where they've had direct acces to its crimes? Has the UN assisted these lies? Why do all those planes, helicopters and artillery always target communities where the regime is notably unpopular? Who owns that equipment if not Assad's regime? Common sense tells anyone that regime capable of indiscriminately bombing civilians or torturing tens of thousands would not hesitate at mass execution of military-age civiiians and some of their family members. Why not?
Frashogar woiuld have us believe that all 60,000 FSA members have been converted to Al-Queda's viewpoint, along with a vastly larger supporting population. Frashogar tells us General Tlass and other general who had an inside view of Assad's crimes and orders are "lying for Al Queda." Other liars who attest to such crimes include hundreds of other officers ranging from lieutenants to lieutenant colonels and tens of thousands of former regime non-coms. "All lie," says the regime. Is that claim credible considering what we've seen from the source?
Military defectors had front row seats at more than one atrocity. Tlass and other high-up insiders can describe the regime's orders, plans and intentions. I'd love to see regime apologists rebut this post.
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